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Starting from Zero: Week 2

Here is a picture of the Ocean because it makes me feel calm…and goodness knows we all need a bit of calm in our lives right now

Well what a 24 hours it has been in the UK. We were all looking forward to a nice Christmas with our loved ones only for millions of us to be told that it isn’t going to happen. In Wales we knew that we were going to go into lockdown as of December 28, but this has been brought forward to 12 am December 20 and we had a few hours notice.

I used my last few hours of freedom wisely and went to a shop to get the bits that we would need for a Christmas on our own and then packed up the car with the Christmas gifts and dropped them off to my family. People here are upset and frustrated at Christmas effectively being cancelled, but my approach is to just roll on through. It is really upsetting, especially as I spent last Christmas away from my family, but honestly with the year that I’ve had it’s like water off a ducks back. I’m just hoping that 2021 is the truly awesome year we deserve.

So fitness stuff…it’s actually going well. I’m still on track despite working long shifts this week 10.15 to 8.15. I’m chalking it up as a big success as I had to train before work and with finishing later, having to eat and then wind down the from the day the last thing I wanted to do was get up and train!

Anyway, here’s a summary of what I did:

Monday

Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app. It’s great, it’s sweaty, its strength and cardio which works for at the moment!

Tuesday

Yoga – lower body stretch with Cat Meffan on the FIIT app. I also did half of another yoga session with the same instructor but I had some technical difficulties so I finished up with this session. I really enjoyed it and felt better after a little stretch

Wednesday

Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app

Thursday

I realised that I hadn’t had a proper rest day for nine days (although yoga was a much gentler day). Rest is really important so I honoured my body and recovered

Friday

Pilates Foundations #3 with Lottie Murphy. Man this was tough! I lot of care work, pilates is not the easy option!

Saturday

You guessed it…..Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app. I’m going to start mixing these up so I progress but it’s a good class that I found challenging so I wanted to do this for a couple of weeks before moving on.

Basically, the goal that I have set myself is to do three full-body strength sessions and two pilates sessions per week. If I can throw in a yoga session into the week then even better. This week coming up may be a little bit of a challenge because it’s Christmas week which means I may be driving down to Evesham one day and won’t have time to train and there may be a few hangovers. I’m feeling better in myself for training though so I’m determined that I’ll keep it up to some degree.I do think that you have to be a bit flexible at times so I’m going to do what I can and not add training to the list of things to stress about!

Are you guys going to train on Christmas Day?

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Starting from Zero: Week 1

Well I’m pretty happy with myself, I competed my first week of getting my fitness back. It was not easy by any stretch, I’ve been so tired this week and not sleeping well at all so it really was a challenge to motivate myself to workout. In fact on no less than four of the days I very nearly didn’t do the workouts but the idea of having to confess on here that I hadn’t done anything made me get my butt in gear!

Here is a breakdown of how my week went:

Sunday

Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app. This is a 40 minute strength session using body weight only. It is in the format of circuts so you get a decent conditioning work out in there too. It was tough, I sweated and was a bit sore the next day!

Monday

Pilates foundations #6 with Lottie Murphy on the FIIT app. This was a 25 minute full-body pilates workout. Unfortunately, it was very easy – too easy and I didn’t really feel the benefit of this. Because of this I followed it with Mobility Foundations #1 with Richie Norton also on the FIIT app. This was a 25 minute full body mobility session which I really enjoyed.

I also did a 30 minute walk at lunchtime.

Tuesday

Rest day – I’m not going to lie I was planning on doing the circuit I did on Sunday but I wasn’t feeling it so I took my rest day earlier than planned

Wednesday

Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app.

Thursday

Restorative yoga with Cat Meffan on the FIIT app. This was a 25 minute yoga class and I really enjoyed it, it was good to stretch out after Wednesday’s class. I also drove on the motorway for the first time today so I needed some chill time!

Friday

Pilates Foundations #8 with Lottie Murphy on the FIIT app. This was a 26 minute full body pilates class and it was great. I found it challenging enough to be beneficial but not so hard that I couldn’t keep up.

Saturday

Circuits #5 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app.

As you can see I’m using the FIIT app. I think half of the battle is deciding what to do, especially when you are tired and you can think of reason why not to workout. I did a 14 day trial of the FIIT app and I’ve decided to keep it. I got a Black Friday deal for 50% off for the year so it seems worth it for £72. I’m not sure that I’ll be using it for the whole year as once I get my mojo back I’ll be more interested in setting goals and writing a program but it’ll be nice to dip into on those days where I just want to be told what to do and not think about it. It’s also great at the moment because figuring out what to do is an additional barrier at the moment and it’s extra mental energy. I’ll do a review of the FIIT app once I’ve used it a bit more if you guys think that would be helpful.

How did you get on with your week? Let me know what you did in the comments below.

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Starting from Zero

Starting from scratch is intimidating. Scary even. But you will never achieve the goal that you want to achieve if you don’t start.

Perhaps you don’t know where to start. Perhaps it seems like such an unsurmountable challenge that you do not know where to begin. Maybe you want to lose 20kg, maybe you want to run a 5k in 20 minutes or you want to take on the Ironman. All are incredible achievements and may seem out of your reach, but these are all goals that have been achieved by ordinary people.

The key is just starting. Just start anywhere. Make that first move, not matter how small and just keep taking steps onwards. Break down that goal and take it step by step. Make a plan, or plan to fail as the old adage goes.

For me I am starting from zero with my fitness. For various reasons, I’ve lost a lot of strength, conditioning and muscle. I feel weak as a kitten and I get out of puff when run/walking short distances or doing a beginners workout.

So I’m starting again, I’m going to build myself back up from the ground up. Yes it’s going to be really hard and there will be set backs and days that I feel like I can’t do it but I’ve been fit before and I built that from scratch so I know that I can do it again. In fact, I’m in a better position than I was before because as a qualified personal trainer, I have more knowledge and I can hopefully make less mistakes this time than I did last time.

So this is my invitation to you. To join me on my journey and to achieve your goals with me. I’ll be documenting my journey, tell me about yours!

Tell me what your goals are and what first step are you going to make in achieving them? We can do this together!